Marin County man pens book about Trump’s missing smarts

Robert Gumpertz of Mill Valley has compiled a book about Donald Trump’s absent wisdom.

Yes, it’s an incredibly thin volume.

And yes, it’s a gimmick.

But “The Wisdom of Donald Trump,” a new 24-page book is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your lips.

As it did mine.

Not so much, though, if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool-over-my-eyes supporter of the “Apprentice” president so many folks would like to fire.

The waggish blank-paged paperback by Robert Gumpertz of Marin County’s Mill Valley not only made me grin but compelled me to show it to a gaggle of friends and neighbors (insisting, however, that they return it so it can become an integral part of my permanent, growing collection of “anti” artifacts).

Not incidentally, downright hilarious cartoons from the imaginative but sometimes unruly mind of Gumpertz have appeared regularly since the mid-‘60s in Playboy, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Punch, Paris Match and Penthouse.

But the man’s also an accomplished fine artist who creates both representational and abstract drawings in mixed media.

“I paint, therefore I am,” he once declared in a YouTube interview.

Robert Gumpertz

The author-illustrator, who’s lived in Paris and New York but now categorically swears by Northern California, previously forged two wordless books for kids between the ages of 2 and 5, “Frankie at the Bus Stop” and “Frankie at the Seashore: An Adventure in Pictures (Volume 1).”

They’re “aimed at 6- to 10-year-olds and non-English speakers,” he proclaimed at the time.

A third volume, “The Adventures of Trina and the Great Barrett: A Rousing Tale,” is geared for kids 7 to 10.

And then there’s his book with the most un-inviting title you’ve probably never heard of: “Dream Notebook: For Keeping Personal Records of Dream Activities, Adventures, Images, and Patterns.”

But enough distractions. Here comes my shameless plug for what in an alternate universe might be called a coffee-table book:

“The Wisdom of Donald Trump” is a must-buy for ever-laughers, never-Trumpers, Trump-haters and anyone sufficiently disenchanted to believe our nation’s Bully-in-Chief should, in the vernacular of a Bridge game, be trumped (spell that “drummed out of office” since he likes military huff-and-puffery so much).


“The Wisdom of Donald Trump” is available at, and

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About the Author

Woody WeingartenWoody Weingarten, who can be reached at or, can’t remember when he couldn’t talk — or play with words. His first poem was published in high school but when his hormones announced the arrival of adulthood, he figured he’d rather eat than rhyme. So he switched to journalism. And whadda ya know, the bearded, bespectacled fella has used big, small and hyphenated words professionally since jumpstarting his career in New Yawk City more than 60 years ago. Today the author of the book “Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner’s breast cancer” is also a reviewer-critic, blogger and publisher — despite allegedly being retired. During his better-paid years as a wage slave he was an executive editor and writer for daily and weekly publications in California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He won writing awards for public service and investigation, features, columns, editorials and news. Woody also has published weekly and monthly newspapers, and written a national column for “Audio” magazine. A graduate of Colgate University, he owned a public relations/ad agency and managed an advertising publication. The father of two and grandfather of three, he and his wife, Nancy Fox, have lived in San Anselmo in Marin County for three decades. He figures they'll stay.View all posts by Woody Weingarten →